Thought for the month

“Science is a method to keep yourself from kidding yourself”.

Edwin Land, scientist and inventor (1909-91)

Thursday, 1 August 2019

The science of history

I frequently delve into the history of science but what about the science of history? If the thought processes of current world leaders occasionally appear unclear, then how do we correctly interpret the thinking and actions of Charlemagne, Theodoric, Julius Caesar et al? The natural world seems to play by, albeit at times somewhat complex, but generally fathomable rules; human based activities less so. If history really does repeat itself then we should probably pay attention.

Next time you meet an historian give them a sympathetic hug, they need and deserve it.

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